When Michigan’s Fireworks announced an “indefinite hiatus” in 2015, it seemed to spell the premature end of one of punk/emo music’s most promising new acts. 2014’s Oh, Common Life saw the band juxtaposing frontman David Mackinder’s emotive tales of heartache and loss with an expanding musical pallet of indie rock influences — and just as they seemed poised for a breakthrough, they were gone.
Bluesy rock singer/songwriter Juliet Simms is battling her inner demons in her explosive new single, 100 Little Deaths. The song is now available on all streaming platforms.
The One’s to Watch Tour brought the heat to the Deluxe Room at Old National Centre in Indianapolis, IN on July 16th. For opening act Lauren Sanderson, it was her hometown show and her fans showed up. Opening with The Only One every fan had their hands in the air and were screaming lyrics back to her. She was one of the most thankful artists I’ve ever seen. She recently get out of a crappy record deal, and donned a fan made shirt that read, “former epic recording artist and now madly, wildly, independent as HELL recording artist, Lauren Sanderson.” She announced her debut album coming soon, and played an unreleased song, Hotel Room. Overall, Lauren Sanderson did not disappoint and it was great to have her home for one night.
It’s been nearly a decade since Canadian post-hardcore icons Alexisonfire last released new music. In that time, the band has broken up in 2011, played a farewell tour the following year, and then reunited in 2015, continuing to play festival dates while repeatedly emphasizing that they were taking things slowly, with no immediate plans for new music. And with Dallas Green’s City and Colour project finding more success than ever, many fans have had little hope that new music would ever arrive.